Did you know that you can actually buy a peanut butter machine and make your own peanut butter? You can also grind your own nut butters at Whole Foods; they offer fresh ground peanut butter and almond butter. Can you guess what ingredients you need to make these nut butters? That’s correct… you need peanuts or almonds… but is anything else necessary? The answer to that is “no”. You just grind up the nuts and you have a nut butter that is creamy and ready to spread. (It’s a little high in calories and fat and should be used judiciously but only one ingredient is necessary).
Did you ever look at the ingredients in popular peanut butters? Here are the ingredients for Jiffy Peanut Butter:
Roasted peanuts, sugar, molasses, fully hydrogenated vegetable oil (rapeseed and soybean), mono- and diglycerides, salt
Wow! The second and third ingredients are sugars; then they have hydrogenated oil (Oops! That’s a man-made fat – not good) plus mono- and di-glycerides which are… fats. Why would you add oils to a really oily food????? I don’t know the answer to that one.
Beyond that, they now offer “Omega-3” Jif. To those ingredients listed above they add “anchovy and sardine oil and tilapia (a tasteless and odorless source of omega-3)”. How clever! More oil. Who ever thought of putting fish oils in peanut butter and using it as a source of omega-3s? That’s a yummy idea… oh, excuse me, I mean a yucky idea.
You may not use peanut butter but it is a favorite of children. Publix carries Smuckers Organic Peanut Butter which lists organic peanuts and salt as ingredients. The oil separates (that’s a GOOD sign) and if you want to you can pour it off and consume a little less fat. Now that you have read the ingredient lists be a choosey mother (or father) and…